Tuesday, 31 March 2009

A Lorcha

289 Rua do Almirante Sergio, Macau
Visited 30th March 2009

There are a few essentials for any trip to Macau - purchasing more bottles of Portuguese wine than I need, stocking up on coffee at Chip Seng and of course a good feed of Portuguese food. So an after work jaunt across the Pearl River to make the most of an opportunity to see visiting friends made for a hectic Monday night. After hurriedly buying the coffee and wine I found my mates indulging in an all you can drink deal at a bar in the Venetian. When I eventually managed to drag them to A Lorcha for a late dinner food was very much a priority. Tucked away near the A-Ma Temple at the bottom of mainland Macau this established restaurant has the a real taverna feel with bare brick walls, checked table clothes and exposed wood beams.

By the time we were seated the kitchen was about to shut so serves of chouri├žo and cod cakes were quickly ordered. The fatty chouri├žo was spiced with paprika and really tasty. The three cod cakes were good; though perhaps a little heavy on the potato, they could have been a more "fishy". For mains crabs were requested so we ordered a serve of seafood rice, alongside 'frango assado' or spicy grilled chicken, 'lulas recheadas' or stuffed squid and a mixed salad. This excessive pile of grub of course came with the usual super crusty bread. I loved the stuffed squid; instead of being filled with the usual rice these tasty, tender little critters were packed with an intense juicy, meat based filling. The grilled chicken was good with a lovely charcoal flavour alongside a spicy kick. Served in a clay pot, the wet seafood rice had plenty of fishy delights, including a whole crab, and was a hearty, nourishing dish. To drink we sucked on a refreshing bottle of Aveleda Vinho Verde that while probably wasn't needed, was a steal at MOP 98.

On our Monday night visit I was impressed by the staff who were friendly and tolerant, especially seeing we staggered in late and a little tipsy. Our meal came to MOP200 a head and that seems like fair value; especially as we ordered way too much and walked out as stuffed as those tasty little squid. The only real concern I have is having to pay for bottled water; at MOP20 for a big bottle it's not the expense but the environmental impact that I object to. I like A Lorcha and it does everything it's supposed to by offering tasty and authentic Portuguese food at fair prices.

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